Music Education: A Necessary Part of the Educational Process or Not?

623 WordsFeb 2, 20183 Pages
The debate over whether or not music education is a necessary part of the educational process is one that never seems to end. To those who are musical in any aspect of the word, music education is extremely important to students of all ages. To those who don’t value music so highly however, music education is a frivolous waste of time that could be spent learning core subjects such as math, reading or grammar. In support of the necessity of music education, there are many benefits that come with studying music, even some which are not musical in nature. One of these non-musical benefits is the development of the parts of the brain that are used in reasoning and language. (Benham) While many skills are thought to be a result of using one half of the brain more fully, an additional non-musical benefit is that music is one of the few activities that require both sides of the brain to work simultaneously. (David) Another non-musical benefit of music study is improved mathematical skills due to the constant use of counting, ratios and proportions and intervals. A final non-musical benefit of studying music is improved reading skills through the use of decoding procedures in reading notes. (Sousa) In advocating music education in today's schools systems, it is tempting to focus only on the non-musical benefits because of the shift toward the Common Core and raised test scores. However in doing so, we devalue music in and of itself. In the text Foundations of Music
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